General Motors just announced that it is voluntarily expanding an existing recall for the Chevy Bolt EV to include the remaining 2019-model-year vehicles, as well as all 2020- through 2022-model-year vehicles. The recall also includes the recently released Chevy Bolt EUV.
“In rare circumstances, the batteries supplied to GM for these vehicles may have two manufacturing defects – a torn anode tab and folded separator – present in the same battery cell, which increases the risk of fire,” General Motors said.
Going forward, GM will replace the defective battery modules in the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV. The recall is expected to cost upwards of $1 billion.
The expanded recall follows a GM investigation into the manufacturing processes at GM’s battery cell supplier, LG Chem. The investigation uncovered manufacturing defects in certain battery cells produced at LG’s facilities “beyond the Ochang, Korea, plant.” General Motors says it is “pursuing commitments from LG for reimbursement of this action.”
The new recall includes more than 73,000 units of the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV sold in the U.S. and Canada, including 9,335 units (6,989 units in the U.S., 1,212 units in Canada) of the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV not included in the previous recall, and 63,683 units (54,403 units in the U.S. and 9,019 units in Canada) of the 2020 through 2022 Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV.
Battery packs equipped with the new modules will be covered by an 8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty in the U.S., and 8-year/160,000-km limited warranty in Canada.
Customers are advised to set their Chevy Bolt EV or Chevy Bolt EUV to a 90-percent charge limitation using the Target Charge Level mode. Customers are also advised to charge their vehicle more frequently and to avoid battery depletion below 70 miles of remaining range, while also parking the vehicle outside immediately after charging. Customers should not charge their vehicle indoors overnight.
More information about recall N212345940 can be found at www.chevy.com/boltevrecall, or by calling 1-833-EVCHEVY.